Saturday, December 13, 2014

Greenpeace is counterproductive at best, a parasite at worst.

Greenpeace has two priorities;
  1. Make people aware of Greenpeace and donate to Greenpeace; and
  2. Save the planet. 
As noble as priority 2. is they often ignore it if it conflicts with 1.

Greenpeace damages ecosystem for publicity.

This is the most obvious case. But a more egregious case was scaring North America against nuclear energy. That is what caused a portion of our dependence on fossil fuel. Look at France's nuclear industry.

  • France derives about 75% of its electricity from nuclear energy, due to a long-standing policy based on energy security. This share is to be reduced to 50% by 2025.
  • France is the world's largest net exporter of electricity due to its very low cost of generation, and gains over EUR 3 billion per year from this.
  • France has been very active in developing nuclear technology. Reactors and fuel products and services are a major export.
  • It is building its first Generation III reactor.
  • About 17% of France's electricity is from recycled nuclear fuel.

Greenpeace worked to make nuclear power a vilified industry. That damages us all and forces more climate change which is contrary to the stated role of Greenpeace. The fact is Fukushima was a 1950s reactor that should have been mothballed. But histrionics makes it the poster child for the nuclear boogie man. Meanwhile, France is building more modern reactors and our uranium decays in the ground.

Greenpeace ignores it's own principle when it suits them. They work to make fearful grannies upset with misleading non factiness emotional fear uncertainty doubt (FUD) campaigns. And if you side against Greenpeace you must be against the planet. Just because they are emotional and well intentioned doesn't mean they know the facts.

By ignoring viable options they punish all of us for their religious emotional zeal. The mouth frothing demagoguery should not be listened to.